On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on April 13

  • 1762 Johanna Cornelia Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1827)
  • 1880 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), born in Southport, Sefton, England (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist and director (KNMI) (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1970)
  • 1923 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain , Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), born in Nice, France (d. 1983)
  • 1931 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)

  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1935 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1937 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1939 Paul Sorvino, American actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky, The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1945 Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Amy Robinson, American writer and actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1950 Ron Perlman, American actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Terry Lester, American actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1951 Peter Davison, English actor (fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small), born in London
  • 1952 Erick Avari, American-Indian actor, born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
  • 1957 Gary Kroeger, American comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1957 Saundra Santiago, American actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1964 Page Hannah, American actress (Kate Riley-Fame), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedian and actress, born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada
  • 1969 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), born in Anchorage, Alaska (d. 2002)
  • 1970 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1970 Rick Schroder, American actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1971 Cory Yothers, American actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Dina Korzun, Russian actress, born in Smolensk, Russia

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1976 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 1976 Valentina Cervi, Italian actress, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1976 Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor, born in Seoul
  • 1978 Kyle Howard, American actor, born in Loveland, Colorado
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1980 Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1981 Courtney Peldon, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • 1984 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1988 Allison Williams, American actress (Girls, Get Out), born in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1992 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta & Kelly Preston, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1992 Emma Degerstedt, American actress, born in Long Beach, California